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The Assassination of Julius Caesar (The Ides of March, 44 B.C.E.)

The Assassination of Julius Caesar (The Ides of March, 44 B.C.E.)

The conspiracy to kill Julius Caesar began with a meeting between three men. Cassius Longinus, Marcus Brutus, and Decimus Brutus. Cassius, Brutus, and Decimus. Cassius was an experienced soldier and general. A decade earlier he fought the Parthians under Crassus. After Crassus’s humiliating defeat, Cassius rallied the survivors and successfully defended Syria against a Parthian …

The complex geometry of Islamic design – Eric Broug

The complex geometry of Islamic design – Eric Broug

In Islamic culture, geometry is everywhere. You can find it in mosques, madrasas, palaces and private homes. This tradition began in the 8th century CE during the early history of Islam, when craftsmen took preexisting motifs from Roman and Persian cultures and developed them into new forms of visual expression. This period of history was …

What Made Emperor Nero The Most Evil Man

What Made Emperor Nero The Most Evil Man

Fictional evil leaders have been a mainstay of movies, novels, and tv shows. But when it comes to deeds of real life leaders, fiction is often no competition for fact. For example, during his reign as leader of the Mongol Hordes, it’s been speculated that Genghis Khan killed as much as 11% of the world’s …

History of the Samurai: Outsiders to Legends

Paragons of virtue, exemplars of honour, beacons of integrity and masters of warfare – the knights of the east. This is what we generally picture when we think of the infamous Samurai. While it is an attractive view of these legendary warriors, it is nevertheless quite a misleading one. In this video we shall do …

Why Does February Only Have 28 Days?

Why Does February Only Have 28 Days?

[MUSIC] Although February 2015 might fit perfectly on the page, every year it’s the runt of the monthly litter. This deficit of days, this calendar craziness, this oddity of the annum, like so much of modern culture, is the Romans’ fault. Here’s the crazy story of why February has 28 days… except when it doesn’t. …

History of Germany

History of Germany

Germany has had an incredibly turbulent history, especially in the last 100 years, one full of rises and falls of all kinds throughout it’s more than 100 years (more like 2,000) of history. So, in early celebration of Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Day of German Unity), hier gibt es die Geschichte von Deutschland (here is …

The Animated History of Spain

The Animated History of Spain

Ahh, Spain, A land marred by the scars of its past A land almost synonymous with empire, having been under the yoke of so many foreign rulers that even they began to lose count. A land who very empire would stand the test of time, and dramatically changed the course of Mesoamerican history, and yet …

The Fall of Constantinople

The Fall of Constantinople

The year is 1453, and the Byzantine Empire, the very last figment of Rome’s long-faded glory, is itself in its death throes. Having continued the legacy of Roman rule for almost fifteen hundred years, the Byzantine empire was once a superpower, but centuries of constant warfare and a schism between east and west in the …